Playing the What if Game with Lauren Linwood + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / January 30, 2015

  As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras—medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love. Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts. Playing the What if . . . Game As I was growing up, my mom played with me, but she wanted me to learn to entertain myself. I would invent storylines for my dolls. I created danger so some could swoop in for a rescue. I sent them everywhere from the beach to outer space. I talked…

Find out about Sophie Barnes’ Latest Romance + Giveaway!
Giveaway , Guest Post / December 31, 2013

Introducing Rebecca and Daniel   In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work. Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a…

Gabrielle Bisset And Her Sons of Navarus Warriors!
Guest Post / February 28, 2013

Thanks, Nat, for having me here today at Reading Romances to talk about my Sons of Navarus series and the newest book, Blood Prophecy, coming this spring! In my day job, I teach history to college students. I’ve loved history ever since I was a small child. The stories about faraway lands and distant times enchanted me. Not surprisingly, when I got to college, I fell in love with history all over again. My Sons of Navarus series isn’t historical fiction, per se, but it’s impossible to take the history out of this girl, so each book has some history in it. Sometimes it’s to show the background of the hero or heroine, and other times it’s to show the reader something about the non-romantic storyline of the vampire civil war. [pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Each Son is from a different time period and place, so their backgrounds affect the kind of warriors they are. [/pullquote] Vasilije from Blood Avenged was the son of a 16th century Romanian prince, while Saint from Blood Betrayed was an Irishman who was turned vampire on the battlefield of the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. Terek from Blood Spirit was a monk…

Tiffany Snow’s Top 5 Favorite Rescues + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / February 22, 2013

Thank you to Reading Romances for hosting me on the blog tour for TURNING POINT, the third book in The Kathleen Turner Series. There will be a total of five books in the series. Book four, OUT OF TURN, will be released on 12/17/13. Sometimes people ask me why I chose Romantic Suspense for my genre. Well, I could go into detail about why I like to interweave a mystery and danger with a story of love and romance, the challenges and rewards of crafting a satisfying mystery and relationship in one, but really it just boils down to the fact that writing romantic suspense gives me an excuse to write about a hot man with a gun rescuing a damsel in distress. Not that my heroine always needs rescuing, but I’ll never be immune to the perhaps old-fashioned notion of a woman being rescued. And while we’re on the subject, let me put in a good work for fictional women who aren’t Sarah Connor or Anita Blake. Part of what draw me to the Alpha-male hero is the lengths he’ll go to protect and rescue the woman he loves. And I think it’s important that he get that opportunity…

10 things that Michelle McLean loves in a romance!
Guest Post / February 18, 2013

  Thank you so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here. I grew up reading romances. In fact, the first adult novels I remember reading were Victoria Holt’s gothic romances. Full of windswept moors, isolated castles, danger, mystery, suspense, and of course, heart-thumping romances, these books seeped into my blood stream and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love just about any sub-genre of romance. As long as the romance between the main couple is strong, I can enjoy just about any setting or storyline that romance is a part of. Here are ten things (in no particular order) that I love in a romance: A good believable conflict – there is always a reason the main couple can’t get together right away, but it drives me nuts if the reason is a simple misunderstanding that a two second conversation would clear up (though even these can work if done well). I prefer a good, solid “someone will die if we get together” or a “I love you but I’m supposed to hate you” type conflict. A reason to stay apart that has some teeth to it A flawed heroine – I really love a girl that…